From: Kimberly Kristine Minton (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 02 2004 - 23:45:53 EDT
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I think matter and energy is difficult for children to grasp because they cannot see it. They are so concrete, they need to have proof in order to change prior conceptions or to develop new meaning.
I really liked the activities I saw in the classrooms in our Sessions. We are currently doing the earthworm experiement and the bread mold experiment so that we can understand how decomposition breaks down matter. I know there will still be some concepts that are beyond my students, but I think these two experiences will prepare them for learning more at a later stage.
The terrariums and the mini-communities and ecosystems are a great way for the children to study the food chain and offer a better understanding of the transfer of energy from one living organism to another. Even though the cell process are complicated, students can develop an understanding on a broad level that can be narrowed down as they grow and learn.
I wish you all the best of luck, I am getting ready to wrap up my action research project. WHEW!
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